Choosing Window Grids that Match Your Home

Sep 22, 2021

The right types of window grids blend with the style of your home while adding special design touch

Choosing new windows for your home is a great opportunity to add a touch of design both inside and outside. The option to add window grids is one selection that lets you play with the look and feel of your home. Here’s a quick guide to choosing the grids that will work best for your home. 

Prairie Window Grids
Window Grid Styles

What are Window Grids?

In modern windows, grids are decorative inserts that visually divide a window into smaller sections. Long ago, windows used smaller glass panes held together with wood grids, also called grilles or muntins. This made it easier to manufacture windows, since large sheets of glass were difficult to make. Now that glass manufacturing and shipping are easier, grids are mostly decorative now, but still add style and historical touches to homes. 

Double Hung Windows Cincinnati with colonial window grids

Grids or No Grids on Windows?

When choosing design elements for your project, having grids or no grids on windows comes down to three things:  

1. Personal preference Do you like how your home looks with or without grids? Have you seen styles on other homes you like? Would gridless windows help you enjoy of beautiful views around your home?

2. Neighborhood Standards. Some homeowners’ associations (HOAs) require all homes to have a certain grid pattern. If you live in a historic district, the preservation board may also need to weigh in.

3. Your Home’s Design. Not all grid patterns are suited to all home styles. Keep reading to learn how to choose the right one for your house.

Matching different types of window grids to different home styles

Finally, consider how window grid styles blend with the style of your home. Most homeowners choose the same style for all windows, though there may be some exceptions. Let’s go through each of our window grid styles to see where they fit best.

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Colonial Grid Window Pattern
Colonial Window Grids
Prairie window grids
Prairie Window Grids
Diamond Window Grids
Diamond Window Grids
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Gridless Windows

Colonial Window Grids

Colonial window grids are the most popular grid style, and are great for most homes. Typically seen on colonial, Cape Cod, and some farmhouse-style homes, colonial grids are most frequently requested on popular double-hung windows. In these applications, colonial grids usually have a “six-up, six-down” design, meaning the top and bottom window sashes are visually divided into six panes each.  

Prairie Window Grids

Prairie window grids have a thin grid around the perimeter of the sash with crosses at each corner. Like a picture frame for your window, this style leaves more open glass area in the middle of the window, while offering a designer touch around the edges. Prairie grids are popular on craftsman and prairie-style homes, and work well on double-hung, casement, and picture windows. 

Diamond Window Grids

If you live in a Tudor or Victorian-style home, diamond window grids are a beautiful and period-appropriate choice. As the name implies, diamond grids visually divide window glass diagonally, for a more ornate design than other styles. This makes them perfect for classic types of architecture. Diamond grids work well on double-hung, casement, and picture windows. 

Gridless Windows

Window grids are optional, so you can always select gridless windows for your home. Many contemporary or Mid-Century Modern homes look best with no grids, but gridless windows can work on any home. They’re also a great way to maximize beautiful views! 

“Our whole neighborhood has grids in the windows, and I never liked that. We have a wooded area in the back and I wanted to be able to see that without any interruptions. I was so happy when I found out we could go ahead with no grids. I can see more of the yard. It just opens up the whole picture.”
Karoyln Malsi
Hebron, KY

Mixing grid styles

Most homeowners use the same grid styles throughout the home, but choosing multiple styles is possible. We often apply this option to double-hung windows with two sashes, sliders with a fixed center sash, or to bay or bow window installations with multiple windows.  

For example, in a craftsman home, you might choose prairie grids for the top sash, and gridless windows for the bottom sash. Some colonial homes will do the same with colonial grids. Bay and bow windows combine multiple windows that you can customize. For a bay window in a Tudor-style home, consider a gridless picture window in the center, and casement windows with diamond grids on either side. The options are endless!

Replacement Window Financing grids or no grids on window

Get trained window design advice

As you make your replacement window selections, be sure to give some thought to your options for adding more style. Improveit’s design consultants are happy to offer their professional insight into the types of window design features that would work best in your home. Schedule an appointment today for a free consultation!

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